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Best Hair Dryer For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Hair Dryer at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
Goody Heat Flash DryConair 225R Comfort TouchBabylis Pro BABTT5585 Tourmaline Titanium 3000Izunami G6Centrix Q Zone Quiet
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Product Rating
Average Price
Cheap ($19)
Cheap ($30)
Cheap ($53)
Average ($75)
Average ($100)
Frugal5 Score
Features Needed
900-2,000 Watts
- 1,875 Watts
- 1,875 Watts
- 1,900 Watts
- 1,875 Watts
- 1,500 Watts
- 2 Attachments
- 2 Attachments
- 1 Attachment
- 2 Attachments
Multiple Heat Settings
- 3 Settings
- 3 Settings
- 3 Settings
- 3 Settings
- 3 Settings
Multiple Speeds
- 2 Speeds
- 2 Speeds
- 2 Speeds
- 2 Speeds
- 2 Speeds
Tourmaline and Ceramic Technology
Features Not Needed
Cool Shot Button
- Dual Buttons
More than 2,000 Watts
Retractable Cord
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

Choosing the right hair dryer can change the way you feel about yourself. When your hair comes out just the way you want it, you can strut through your day with confidence. The right hair dryer can also help you save time in the morning and protect your hair from styling damage. It’s tempting to choose the cheapest hair dryer, but doing so won’t give you the sleek look you want without spending extra money on a flat iron, which ends up costing you more in the end. This is one case where cheap doesn’t add up to savings. Make sure you check into the following features when choosing: 


The amount of electricity a dryer uses largely determines how hot it gets. Your hair type will determine the wattage you choose. Thin, fine hair damages easily, so choose 900 - 1,000 watts or limit yourself to the lower heat settings on a conventional hair dryer. Most of us will do well between 1,000 and 1,800 watts. Thick and course hair benefits from a high wattage blower, between 1,800 and 1,900 watts. 

Going over 1,900 watts for a salon grade dryer only makes sense when the price is right or the product offers some other outstanding feature you can’t live without. In fact, higher wattage can even be a bad choice. Salon stylists are trained in using high-powered dryers, passing them quickly over each section of hair to avoid damage. If you go overboard on wattage, sure your hair will dry quickly, and if you’re not careful, it will soon after begin to take on the look of a wild banshee. 


If you have thicker hair that takes longer to dry, a heavy hair dryer becomes a problem. Your arms get tired and you end up quitting before your hair is completely dry. The remaining moisture changes the texture and shape of your style, and usually not for the better. 

Ionic, Ceramic, Tourmaline

In the past, many used ionic hair dryers to coat hair strands with negative ions to get a sleek, straight look. Ions neutralize static charges that contribute to flyaway hair. Today, tourmaline dryers do the same thing, but a whole lot better. You usually find both ionic and tourmaline technologies on a dryer. Ceramic dryers have coils that offer even, uniform heat, allowing you to dry your hair quickly without putting too much heat on any one spot. Tourmaline and ceramic technologies are musts for today’s hair styles.


Whichever dryer you choose, it should come with a concentrator (the narrow attachment that focuses the heat for blowing hair straight) and a diffuser (a round attachment that diffuses the airflow, encouraging hair to curl without frizzing as it dries).

Most of us are familiar with Goody and Conair dryers because they are readily available at drug stores. Some higher end brands, like Centrix, Babylis and especially Izunami sometimes sell in the same price range as these more familiar brands, making them smart buys. 


You can pay anywhere from $8 to $200 for a hair dryer, but if you want a good one, your budget should be at least $30. Depending on your situation, you may want to go as high as $100 for a super-quiet blow dryer. Spending more doesn't necessarily get you more after that point. 

Dryer Selection

Most dryers come with both concentrators and diffusers these days, though you may not need them, depending on your hair type. Don’t settle for a dryer that doesn't include them if you will use these attachments regularly. Remember that added wattage doesn't necessarily mean added quality. 

Features You Need
900-2,000 Watts, Attachments, Lightweight, Multiple Heat Settings, Multiple Speeds, Tourmaline and Ceramic Technology
Features You Don't Need
Cool Shot Button, Ionic, More than 2,000 Watts, Retractable Cord, Travel/Folding
What You Should Pay
Between $18.50 - $99.95
Top Of The Line Price
Over $200.00